Under the Licensing Act 2003 the types of businesses and organisations that need a licence for entertainment might include:
In particular a licence may be required by:
These licensable activities may only be carried on under, and in accordance with, one of the following:
There must be a Designated Premises Supervisor specified on the Premises Licence who is responsible for authorising the sale of alcohol. This person must hold a Personal Licence and will normally be given day-to-day responsibility for running the premises.
The Act itself sets out key licensing objectives that must be promoted by the Council, as the licensing authority, in carrying out its duties under the licensing system. The licensing objectives are:
Licence holders, Ipswich Borough Council and Responsible Authorities must all work together to promote these objectives.
The council has prepared a Licensing Policy which must be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary. The purpose of the policy is to set out the approach that the Licensing Authority intends to take when determining applications and carrying out its duties with regard to regulation and enforcement. The current Statement of Licensing Policy was approved by full Council in January 2016.
There is currently a ‘Cumulative Impact Policy’ in place for the central area of Ipswich Borough which means that there is a presumption of refusal against new applications where representations have been received during the application consultation period.
A register of all Ipswich Borough licensed premises can be found on Ipswich Borough’s public register page.
Information on applications for licensed premises that are open to representations can be found here
If you require further information or are unsure if you need a licence please contact us.